In 1996, at the International Union of Architects Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, the organization established that World Architecture Day should coincide with UN-Habitat's World Habitat Day. Therefore, the first Monday of October we celebrate our commitment as architects to our society and our cities.
Nevertheless, some countries around the world kept their national celebrations, highlighting their local milestones, as it happens across Latin America. Did you know Brazil celebrates Architecture Day in December paying homage to Oscar Niemeyer's birthday?
In chronological order, these countries celebrate Architecture Day on the following dates:
Paraguay celebrates Architecture Day on May 16, paying homage to the foundation of Paraguayan Association of Architects (Asociacion Paraguaya de Arquitectos, APAR) in 1946. APAR pushed the foundation of the first architecture school in the country until it finally happened in 1957.
Argentina celebrates Architecture Day on July 1, remembering the foundation of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 1949.
Venezuela celebrates Architecture Day on July 4, paying homage to the foundation of the Venezuelan Society of Architects (Sociedad Venezolana de Arquitectos, SVA). In 1966 SVA changed its name to Chamber of Architects of Venezuela (Colegio de Arquitectos de Venezuela) and established the 4th of July as the official day of celebration.
Chile celebrates Architecture Day on August 4, remembering the foundation of the Chamber of Architects (Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile) in 1942. The organization awards the CA Prizes on the same day.
UIA (International Union of Architects)
In 1985, the International Union of Architects established July 1 as the official date in homage to its own foundation in Switzerland, 1949. Nevertheless, a subsequent session held in Barcelona (1996) established that World Architecture Day should coincide with UN-Habitat's World Habitat Day.
Colombia celebrates Architecture Day on October 27.
Bolivia celebrates Architecture Day on November 13, on the occasion of the promulgation of Law 1373 of the Professional Practice of the Architect in 1992.
Brazil marks December 15 as the Architecture Day, celebrating Oscar Niemeyer's birthday.